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130 killed in three days of Syria clashes: monitor
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Wednesday, 22 February 2017
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BEIRUT: More than 130 people, mostly combatants, have been killed in three days fighting between jihadists close to the Islamic State group and rebels in southern Syria, a monitor said today. The clashes pit the Khaled Ben al-Walid Army -- which pledged allegiance to IS last year -- against Islamist....
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UN needs $4.4 bn for famine relief in four countries
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Wednesday, 22 February 2017
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More than 20 million people face starvation in the four countries and action is needed now to avert a humanitarian disaster, Guterres told a news conference at UN headquarters. "We need $4.4 billion by the end of March to avert a catastrophe," he said.
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UN Syria envoy not expecting breakthrough at Geneva talks
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Wednesday, 22 February 2017
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. Playing down expectations, the UN envoy for Syria said Wednesday he's not expecting a breakthrough in the first UN-mediated peace talks between government representatives and the opposition in 10 months, rather hoping to build momentum toward peace after nearly six years of war.
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No, everything doesn't 'work out for a reason'
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Wednesday, 22 February 2017
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Everything works out positively in the end, the man said. It had been a casual conversation up to that point, but that statement brought it to a shuddering halt. I challenged him, of course, and he went on to explain. Things happen, he said, but it is our choice to be negative. We need to look for the upside.
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Trump should avoid repeating Obama's mistakes on FETÖ, YPG to win over Turkish public
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Wednesday, 22 February 2017
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The main prerequisite to amend the overwhelmingly negative attitude of the Turkish public toward the U.S. is for the new Trump administration to distance itself from the mistaken policies pursued by the previous administration on the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) and the PKK's Syrian wing, the....
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